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Final recap of month at May 9-16 prices

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I think I did pretty well, considering that hardly anything I was interested in was on sale. Here's a round-up of what I ate -

Breakfasts-
barley w/cream and butter, eggs w/butter
sausage and eggs
yogurt w/cream, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and flaxmeal
MIM/OIM w/butter, cottage cheese
Donut Muffin w/butter, cottage cheese w/sunflower seeds
Donut Muffin w/butter, eggs cooked in butter
Scrambled eggs with sour cream
Baked Tomato Eggs
eggs poached in butter and cream
Strawberries with various breakfasts as otherwise listed

Lunches -
Cabbage & Mackerel Salad, with or without devilled eggs
Salad of chicken, celery, sunflower seeds, mayo, egg
cheese omelet, with or without salad
salad of Curried Chicken Loaf, cabbage, onion, mayo, sunflower seeds
salad of tuna, celery, sunflower seeds, mayo, egg
Emerald Soup w/eggs
Cabbage Salad w/turkey franks
soup of broth, eggs, tomatoes, spinach; devilled eggs
Chicken Spinach Soup
Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup, with or without sour cream
Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup with peanut butter stuffed celery

Suppers -
chicken with tomato and dressing
Curried Chicken Loaf, sweet potato w/butter
Dump Sticky Chicken, with cauli-rice, or cabbage, or broccoli, or carrots, or green beans
Sausage and Hominy Casserole
Low Carb Taco Bake w/lettuce, ranch and tomatoes
fried cabbage with turkey franks and onion
Chicken and Cabbage LoMein
Chicken Sausage Casserole
Hamburger Barley Soup

I would guess that there's a lot more variety - including not just different names but actually different tastes, appearances, etc. - than there is in many households that aren't on this strict a budge!

So I did all this for $120.69, and got over a pound of meat (which includes eggs and cheese) and almost a pound of veggies per day. Not too bad, if I do say so myself!

Next "month" is apt to be pretty similar, as there aren't many good buys next week, either. I really lucked out the first two months, when pork was on sale for 98 cents a pound and hamburger for $1.97 a pound.

  
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NAYPOOIE 5/15/2013 5:59PM

    You are my hero.

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Shopping list for month at May 9 - 16 prices

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I went to Aldi today and checked prices. They are almost all the same as they were a few weeks ago when I did my original price list. I didn’t make it to Walmart, but since almost everything that wasn’t on sale somewhere was priced at Aldi, I’ll call it good for this week. Here’s my shopping list for 28 days, at May 9 -16 prices. *Means it was on sale.

*4 lbs b/s chicken breast @$1.87/lb
10 bag of chicken leg quarters @$5.90 per bag
*2 lbs ground chuck @$2.47/lb
1 lb ham hock @1.98/lb
1 lb Italian sausage @ $2.50/lb (guessed at this price)
1 lb turkey hotdogs @ 99 cents per lb

2 lbs butter @2.19/lb
24 oz cheddar cheese @$1.79/8 oz
*2 pints cottage cheese @ $1.00/pint
8 oz cream cheese @ $1.19/8 oz
9 dozen eggs @ $1.21/dozen
8 oz mozzarella @ $1.79/8 oz
*1 pint sour cream @ $1.00/pint
*1 quart yogurt @ $2.00/qt

7 lbs cabbage @ 44 cents/lb
2 lbs carrots @ $1.29/2lbs
1 head cauliflower @ $2.58/head
1 head celery @ $1.68/head
1 lb frozen broccoli @ 98 cents per pound
1 bag frozen spinach @ $1.98/26 oz bag
1 head garlic @ 35 cents per head
2 cans green beans @ 49 cents per can
3 pack of romaine @ $2.49/pack
3 lbs onions @ $1.89/3 lbs
*1 lb strawberries @ 99 cents per pound
12 oz sweet potatoes @ $1.00 per pound (guessed at this one)
*3 lbs tomatoes @ 99 cents per lb

1 can baking powder @ $1.00/can (guess)
1 lb barley @ $2.00/lb (guess)
1 can coconut milk @ $2.49/can
1 jar salad dressing @ $1.39/16 oz jar
1 big can hominy @ $1.58
2 cans mackerel @ $1.38/14 oz can
1 jar mayo @ $1.99/30 oz jar
1 jar mustard @ $1.19/12 oz jar
1 bottle canola oil @ $2.69/48 oz
1 can pumpkin @ 99 cents per can
1 bottle soy sauce @ $2.00/smallest bottle (guess)
1 bottle liquid splenda @$2.98/bottle
1 can tomato paste @ 39 cents per can
1 can tomato sauce @ 29 cents per can
3 cans tuna @ 69 cents per can
1 jar vinegar @ 99 cents per jar

9 oz almonds @ $5.99/lb
Little dab of cayenne @ 50 cents (guess)
1 jar chili powder @ 50 cents per jar
1 jar cinnamon @ 50 cents per jar
Little dab of curry powder @ 50 cents (guess)
18 oz flax seed @ $1.99/lb
1 jar onion powder @ 50 cents per jar
Little dab of oregano @ 50 cents (guess)
5 oz natural, grind your own peanut butter @ $3.39/lb
1 jar pepper @ 50 cents (guess)
1 box salt @ 39 cents per box
1 lb sunflower seeds @ $2.50/lb
Little dab of thyme @ 50 cents (guess)

Total cost for 28 days was $120.69, or $4.31 per day. I used up most of it, except, of course, for some of the canned things (there’s lots of oil and mustard left!) and the seasonings. The seasonings that I got “little dabs” of I’m assuming I got at the co-op, which is expensive but it’s bulk so I can truly get just a little dab.

  
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BUDGETMAW 5/15/2013 6:56PM

  I was surprised a few weeks ago when I priced my actual shopping list at Aldi and at Walmart, and Aldi was lots cheaper. On almost everything.

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TLG71567 5/15/2013 6:05PM

    Wow, that's impressive. I think we spend about $500 a month on groceries. It kills me. I can't stand how expensive it all is. I need to check out Aldi and see if it would be cheaper. emoticon

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Week 4 at May 9 - 16 Prices

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I really scrambled to use things up in Week 4. I had done preliminary menus and found that I was over-budget but had quite a bit left over. Some tinkering and I was able to use up almost everything (the meat, dairy, eggs and produce that is) and get back under budget for the month. Well, I think I’m under budget. I need to verify the prices this week (May 9 – 16) on staples. I’m confident about most of them, but need to check on eggs and produce, especially cabbage and onions. They, and eggs, seem to vary the most. Assuming that prices are the same as they were 3 weeks ago when I did a full check on prices, and that I have guesstimated correctly at things that weren’t on my list then, I spent $120.80 on this month’s groceries. I’ll give an update and grocery list after going to the store, which will probably be this afternoon.

In the meantime, here’s my menus for Week 4.

Day 22 –
Breakfast – Baked Tomato Eggs (with 3 eggs instead of 2, and cheddar instead of Jack cheese)
Lunch – Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Soup, devilled eggs
Supper –

Day 23 –
Breakfast – eggs poached in cram and butter
Lunch – Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Supper –

Day 24 –
Breakfast – Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch – cottage cheese omelet; lettuce with dressing, tomato and sunflower seeds
Supper –

Day 25 –
Breakfast – Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch – Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Soup, celery with peanut butter
Supper –

Day 26 –
Breakfast – eggs poached in cream and butter
Lunch – Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Soup, celery with peanut butter
Supper –

Day 27 –
Breakfast – Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch – salad of tuna, egg, mayo, celery, tomato and sunflower seeds
Supper –

Day 28 -
Breakfast – Donut Muffin with butter, cottage cheese with sunflower seeds
Lunch – Mackerel and Cabbage Salad
Supper – Low Carb Taco Bake, lettuce, ranch dressing, tomatoes

I averaged 1770 calories per day, 129 grams of fat, 101 grams of protein, 42 grams of total carbs, 12 grams of fiber (that's too low), and 30 net carbs per day.

I was aiming for around 50 net carbs per day, but found that hard to do. Not because of the budget, but because I've eaten fewer carbs than that for so long. Looking back over my menus and recipes, I could have added a bit of barley to some of the casseroles and soups to increase the net carbs and the fiber, at little additional cost. However, there are a lot of folks who think that grains of all kinds are toxic to humans and that we shouldn't be eating them at all. And unfortunately barley has gluten so it's not good for people with gluten sensitivity. But it's fairly low on the glycemic index, especially for a grain. Speaking of which, when I checked on barley, I also checked on oatmeal and sweet potatoes, both of which are a lot higher than I thought they were. Way higher. I left the sweet potatoes in, but went back and changed the oatmeal to barley for the few breakfasts where I had said oatmeal.

Here are links to this week's recipes -

Baked Tomato Eggs - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2479843
(I used 3 eggs and cheddar cheese)

Donut Muffin - lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/d
oughnutmuffins.htm


Mackerel and Cabbage Salad - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2457505


Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2369157


Chicken Sausage Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2481104


Hamburger Barley Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2486579


Low Carb Taco Bake - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2485289


  


Week 3 at May 9 - 16 prices

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I don’t have this down pat yet. This week I had to go back and add a bunch more calories, like I did the first month. I think the reason I didn’t have to add calories last month was that I ate so much pork (98 cents a pound). Unfortunately, it’s not on sale this month. But I did get the average cost of what I ate (not what I bought, but what I ate) back down to $3.50 a day. That’s about halfway between Week 1 and Week 2. I may be able to eke out the month on budget after all!

Day 15 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter, sour cream
Lunch – Chicken Spinach Soup, devilled eggs
Supper – fried cabbage and turkey hot dogs

Day 16 –
Breakfast - MIM/OMM with butter, cottage cheese with strawberries
Lunch – cheese omelet, lettuce with dressing
Supper – Chicken and Cabbage Lo Mein

Day 17 –
Breakfast – Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch – Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup, sour cream
Supper – Fried Curried Chicken Loaf, sweet potato with butter and sunflower seeds

Day 18 –
Breakfast – Baked Tomato Eggs
Lunch – Chicken Spinach Soup, devilled eggs
Supper – Chicken Sausage Casserole

Day 19 –
Breakfast – Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch – Chicken Spinach Soup, devilled eggs
Supper – Low Carb Taco Bake, lettuce with ranch dressing and tomatoes

Day 20 –
Breakfast – eggs and sausage
Lunch – Cabbage Salad
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 21 –
Breakfast – MIM/OMM with butter, cottage cheese with strawberries
Lunch – Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup, devilled eggs
Supper – Chicken Sausage Casserole

The total cost of the food eaten (not purchased, but eaten) was $23.89, or $3.41 per day. For this, I averaged 1767 calories per day, 133 grams of fat, 102 grams of protein, 42 grams of total carbs, 13 grams of fiber, and 29 net carbs per day. So my carbs are lower than I had planned for this month.

Here are the links to the recipes.

Donut Muffin - lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/d
oughnutmuffins.htm


Baked Tomato Eggs - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2479843
(I used cheddar and 3 eggs)

Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=2369157


Chicken Spinach Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2486519


Curried Chicken Loaf - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2485033


Chicken Sausage Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2481104


Low Carb Taco Bake - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2481104


Hamburger Barley Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2486579

  


Week 2 of May 9 - 16 Prices

Monday, May 13, 2013

I didn't do as well this week. The food is fine, but it averaged almost 50 cents a day more than last week! I'm not sure why. Part of it is because I was adding strawberries (99 cents a pound) and tomatoes (also 99 cents a pound) where it seemed reasonable. But that only accounts for about 20 cents or so of the difference. I'll have to be more careful next week. I'm also trying to make a point to finish things up, since I'm not carrying anything over to the next month. That should help at the end of the month.

Day 8 -
Breakfast - Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch - salad of tuna, celery, sunflower seeds, mayo and egg
Supper - Curried Chicken Loaf, sweet potato, butter

Day 9 -
Breakfast - eggs, sausage, strawberries
Lunch - Emerald Soup, eggs
Supper - Low Carb Taco Bake, lettuce with tomatoes and dressing

Day 10 -
Breakfast - yogurt, strawberries, cream, sunflower seeds, flaxmeal
Lunch - Cabbage salad with hot dogs
Supper - Italian Sausage and Hominy Casserole

Day 11 -
Breakfast - Donut Muffin with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch - salad of tuna, celery, sunflower seeds, mayo and egg
Supper - Dump Sticky Chicken, caulirice, carrots

Day 12 -
Breakfast - Donut Muffin, strawberries, cottage chese, sunflower seeds
Lunch - soup of broth, eggs, tomato, spinach; egg with mayo
Supper - Low Carb Taco Bake, lettuce with tomatoes and dressing

Day 13 -
Breakfast - MIM/OMM with butter, cottage cheese with strawberries
Lunch - Emerald Soup with eggs
Supper - Italian Sausage and Hominy Casserole

Day 14 -
Breakfast - oatmeal with cream, splenda and butter; eggs with butter
Lunch - salad of chicken, celery, sunflower seeds, mayo, egg and tomato
Supper - Low Carb Taco Bake, lettuce with tomatoes and dressing

The total cost of the food eaten (not what was purchased, but what was eaten) was $26.57, or an average of $3.80 per day. As I said, this is almost 50 cents a day more than last week.

I averaged 1763 calories per day, 136 grams of fat, 87 grams of protein, 51 grams of total carbs, 17 grams of fiber, and 34 net carbs per day.

Here are links to the recipes:

Curried Chicken Loaf - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2485033


Donut Muffin - lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/d
oughnutmuffins.htm


Low Carb Taco Bake - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2485289


Emerald Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2473751


Italian Sausage Hominy Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=2485041


Dump Sticky Chicken - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2485044

  
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BUDGETMAW 5/14/2013 12:44PM

  Maybe because it's sticky and you just dump everything in the crockpot? I don't know! That's what it's called on the recipe I copied.

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NAYPOOIE 5/13/2013 10:32PM

    Why is it "dump sticky chicken"?

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